Friday, May 27, 2011

UK confirms that send attack helicopters to Libya

United Kingdom has confirmed that Apache helicopters sent to Libya after the British executive has approved on Thursday the deployment of such equipment to cope with the onslaught of Muammar Gaddafi regime and attack small targets more easily, especially in urban settings . British confirmation comes a few days after Foreign Minister Gallo, Alain Juppe, said that both France and other countries in the NATO-led coalition planned to use helicopter gunships in Libya.

At that time, a Defense Ministry spokesman denied that Britain had "plans to deploy attack helicopters" in the country. Minister Juppe insisted that the helicopters would be used "in accordance with resolution 1973" Security Council UN, that authorizes the use of force to protect civilians in Libya, but in no case be employed to put ground troops.

A total of 12 helicopters on 17 May sailed to Libya aboard the French helicopter carrier Tonnerre to help break the military stalemate after three months of fighting fighting to overthrow Gaddafi, in power for four decades. "Our strategy is to increase the military pressure in the coming weeks, while simultaneously seeking to reach a political solution," said Juppe.

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